Claudio Ranieri now faces the difficult task of improving Leicester City’s title-winning squad ahead of the 2016-17 campaign, which will pose a completely new set of challenges for the Foxes.
With Champions League football secured, Ranieri knows that he must bring in at least two or three experienced professionals to bolster his squad.
According to The Sun, Ranieri has identified two attacking players who would do just that: Watford’s Troy Deeney and Crystal Palace’s Yannick Bolasie.
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The report states that Bolasie, who is one of the most unorthodox but exciting wingers in the Premier League, has his “heart set” on a move to one of the big English clubs.
However, there’s a chance Ranieri could lure the 26-year-old to the King Power Stadium following Leicester’s remarkable title triumph.
Deeney is settled at Watford
On the other hand, Deeney is understood to be settled at Watford and Leicester have a job on their hands convincing the 27-year-old to leave Vicarage Road.
Deeney has scored 11 goals in 36 league appearances for the Hornets this season but, with Jamie Vardy currently the main man at the King Power, will surely know that his game-time would be reduced if he agreed to join the recently-crowned English champions.
Steve Walsh: Leicester will only sign the right players
Leicester’s head of recruitment Steve Walsh, speaking to Sky Sports after Leicester lifted the trophy following their victory over Everton on Saturday night, said the club will be looking to bring in players who fit the club’s philosophy.
"The squad have told me, 'We don't want any Bertie Big…' I think you've got to bring in the people you think will do the job, people who fit in," Walsh, who is poised to sign a new contract with the Foxes, commented.
"Claudio enjoys the blueprint and the way we play. We try to duplicate that, so you look for similar types of players who can fulfil roles in the team that you need.
"It's not just on me, because I've got people working for me, bringing information, and we've got to act on it. Then decisions are made with the manager."
Leicester will be signing players this summer
Leicester City, as champions, will be linked with a host of names over the forthcoming weeks and most of the reports should, of course, be taken with a pinch of salt.
But there’s no doubt Ranieri will need to strengthen his relatively thin squad if Leicester are to compete in both the Premier League and Champions League, plus the FA Cup and Capital One Cup, next season.
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